AMERICA tries private enterprise
Tory newspapers tell us that the Food situation would somehow suddenly improve if price controls and rationing were removed, and the housewife was left to the mercy of that wonderful fairy godmother Private Enterprise (alias Big Business).
But America has tried this and the result has been extreme hardship to the workers everywhere. At the beginning of July, price controls were abandoned. The effect, as reported by Arthur Webb from Washington in the " Daily Herald " of July 3rd, was :—
"Here the people are near panic because they haven't any control at all. They lost their economic umbrella overnight. To-day they are like orphans of the storm, seeking protection from the inflation cyclone."
And that control has now ended, and prices and rents are shooting upwards.
Even the "Daily Mail" July 3rd, tells the same story:—
" Crisis has come to the country .... Orderly government at the moment has vanished .... Today there is no law to aid the ordinary citizen. Manufacturers and shopkeepers can quite legally charge anything they like for the goods."
Landlords in America are now, as a result, asking three times the controlled rents, and the price of many foodstuffs has risen 50% in 10 days. Butter doubled in price within a week.
is what the Tories want to see happening HERE